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CDs With Last Song Going On Forever - Soundlessly  
User currently offlineIkarus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 3524 posts, RR: 2
Posted (15 years 1 month 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1574 times:


I have two or three CDs where the last song "continues" for ages - without a sound. For example R. Williams "I've been expecting you" album with "These Dreams" 31 minutes long (The actual song is just 4-5 minutes, the rest is pure silence with one or two short nice tunes near the end of the 30 minutes). I think I also have a Pet Shop Boys CD with the same feature on "Go West" - the last track on that CD.

So why does this occur? Is this a protection against illegal copying of the CDs? Or is it just some oddity of the particular artists? Or do they do that to fill up the CD? I am confused - and I absolutely hate it, especially as in these two cases it is my favourite songs on the albums that are affected...

Thanks a lot for any replies by people knowledgeable about the music industry...


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User currently offlineStratifier From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (15 years 1 month 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1548 times:

There was a period in time when "hidden track(s)" were fashionable, I think.

My only CD with hidden track: Duncan Sheik's "Humming". Hidden track (better than many of the proper album tracks, may I add!) kicks in 2:40 after the last track ends.

Look forward to hearing from those in the industry.

User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 43
Reply 2, posted (15 years 1 month 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1540 times:

Stratlifter is probably correct in his assertion of "hidden tracks" that were in vogue awhile back.

I can't think of any other reason. It certainly wouldn't have any effect on copying the CD's.

And I doubt it has anything to do with "filling" the CD, because, unlike tapes, it makes little difference how much is recorded on a CD. It will play fine whether it has one 2-minute track is on it, or if it's jammed to the max of 80 minutes.
Whatever amount of disc space is left once it has been finalized is simply skipped or leftover space. No CD player will pick it up, unlike a tape that has 5 minutes of blank tape left that can still be played.

User currently offlineIkarus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 3524 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (15 years 1 month 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1529 times:

Hidden Tracks? Whatever will they think of next?

I'm not too impressed by this idea....

Anyway: Thanks for answering my question!


User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 25340 posts, RR: 54
Reply 4, posted (15 years 1 month 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1529 times:

Its hidden tracks. They are loads of them on my CDs including Dookie by Green Day and In Utero by Nirvana.

When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7897 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (15 years 1 month 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1529 times:

Sometimes the hidden tracks are the gems on the CD too. On Sponge's Wax Estatic the hidden track is one of the best songs on the entire CD. The most recent CD that I have that has a hidden track is DMB's "Before These Crowded Streets." Which also has a lot of inter-track stuff too, which is kinda nice and brings the entire CD together. Ben Fold's Five "Whatever and Ever Amen," has a little of this, but apparently not all have it.

But I still think the hidden tracks and the inter-track stuff is a much better gimmick than that enhanced CD garbage. It is a little reminiscent of the "B side" stuff that was on those old 45s.

Stop drop and roll will not save you in hell. --- seen on a church marque in rural Virginia
User currently offlineIkarus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 3524 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (15 years 1 month 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1524 times:

In terms of gimmicks I prefer it if there is a music video on it for PC users, or anything at all for PC users - hidden tracks (if that's the name of that feature) are annoying....



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